Marijuana Intervention

Research has shown that most drug addicts are unable to quit using the drug on their own, without any help from an outside source. Many marijuana addicts may believe that they don’t have a problem with the drug, and they are unwilling or unable to quit using the drug on their own. They will continue to use the drug despite the negative consequences associated with drug addiction. Most addicts will need an intervention before they are open to getting treatment.

Friends or family members will need to contact a marijuana addiction treatment center that also offers intervention services. The concerned friend or family will speak with an intervention specialist who will walk them through the entire process. They will work together to choose a proper time and date for the intervention to take place. The family member will also need to pack a bag for the addict to take with him to treatment.

On the date of the intervention, friends, family, and the intervention specialist will meet at the pre-arranged time and location to conduct the intervention. Once the addict arrives, the intervention will be underway. During the intervention, each friend or family member will be able to tell the addict why they think he or she needs treatment for the marijuana addiction. Unfortunately, some people may get angry and feel overwhelmed by the intervention. The addict may choose to leave. If the addict chooses to stay, then he or she will leave immediately with the intervention specialist following the intervention. Most treatment centers also offer counseling and therapy for the families of addicts. This will help the family and the addict heal from the destruction of the marijuana addiction.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana comes from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. It is a mix of stems, dried flowers, and leaves. The active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). When marijuana is smoked, THC rapidly enters the bloodstream and makes it way to the brain and the rest of the body. When the smoke is inhaled, tiny air sacs in the lungs absorb the smoke. Nicknames for marijuana include weed, ganja, grass, tree, bud, hash, and Mary Jane. Marijuana is typically smoked, but sometimes it is mixed in herbal teas.

Side Effects of Marijuana

Some side effects of smoking marijuana include feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and altered perception of reality. Short term effects of marijuana may also include anxiety, poor coordination, lowered reaction time, increased heart beat, increased risk of heart attack, and drowsiness. Marijuana impairs reaction times, so it is dangerous to use the drug and drive afterwards. Many car accidents have been linked to marijuana usage. The initial high of marijuana lasts about 30 minutes and the user will feel dreamy and will lack balance and coordination. During this time, the user may feel an increased heart rate. Unfortunately, this puts many marijuana users at high risk of suffering a heart attack after smoking the drug. The effects of marijuana usually last about 2 to 3 hours, but it may last longer depending on the potency of the THC and how much of the marijuana was smoked.

Long-term effects of Marijuana

Some of the long term affects of marijuana include a decrease in resistance to common illnesses, lack of motivation, apathy, drowsiness, lung issues, personality changes, and the destruction of fibers located in the lungs. Marijuana smoke is a lung irritant and users may suffer from frequent respiratory-related issues. The main long-term effects of marijuana include feeling apathetic and feeling a lack of mental clarity.

Marijuana Addiction

Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive. However, there are some effects associated with those who stop taking the drug after a period of time. These withdrawal effects include anxiety, insomnia, lack of patience, irritation, and headaches. You may be addicted to marijuana if you worry about having enough of the drug, if you feel a loss of control whenever you’re around the drug, if you spend too much time getting high, if your work or school performance is suffering because of taking the drug, or if you choose your friendships and relationships based on marijuana. Unfortunately, many people will become addicted to marijuana if they frequently smoke it. If you find yourself trying to quit, but you can’t, then you may be addicted to the drug. However, there is help available. Marijuana is the most popular drug in the USA. There are treatment centers available to help those who find that they are addicted to marijuana.